PMQs: Angela Rayner slams Dominic Raab as she tells him to ‘get back to his sun lounger’

The Deputy Prime Minister stepped in for Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday as the PM prepare to deliver his address to the UN General Assembly in New York later.

He sparred with Labour’s Rayner a week after he was replaced as Foreign Secretary by Liz Truss in the Cabinet reshuffle.

The Deputy Prime Minister stepped in for Boris Johnson

Rayner gave Raab a grilling over “ballooning” energy prices.

She pointed out workers on minimum wage would have to work an extra 50 days a year to be able to afford one night in the Deputy Prime Minister’s favourite luxury Crete hotel.

Rayner said: “That is almost exactly the same as an average annual energy bill. Just as energy prices are ballooning they have chosen to take the money that could cover a year’s worth of bills out of the pockets of working people.

“The Deputy Prime Minister has said the solution is for people to work harder. So, can he tell us how many days a worker on the minimum wage would have to work this year in order to afford a night at a luxury hotel, say in Crete?”

Raab hit back: “If she wants to talk about taxes and easing the burden on the lowest paid, I’ll remind her whenever a Labour Party has gone into Government unemployment has soared, the economy has nosedived and taxes have gone through the roof.

“Under this Government we cut income tax, saving every worker £1,200 each year, we have introduced and extended the national living wage so full-time workers are £4,000 better off each year, we have doubled the free childcare for working parents worth up to £5,000 for every child every year. When Labour takes office, unemployment goes up and the economy goes down.”

As their clash went on, Rayner dealt a final blow to Raab in the heated exchange in PMQs.

She said: “Maybe he should get back to his sun lounger and let me take over.”

She added: “The truth is they were warned about the problems we face and the energy crisis we face – and there we have it, absolutely nothing to help the people up and down the country who are working themselves into the ground and still struggling to make ends meet.”

Earlier on in PMQs, Rayner and Raab were clashing within minutes of the session over Mr Johnson’s first meeting at the White House with US President Joe Biden.


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